Sergio Pérez: The Red Bull driver extends his contract until the end of the 2026 F1 season with a new two-year mandate | F1 News

Sergio Pérez has secured a two-year contract extension with Red Bull that will allow him to continue racing for the F1 world champions until the end of the 2026 season.

The 34-year-old Mexican has been Max Verstappen’s teammate since joining them in 2021.

Pérez’s renewal ends the hopes that several drivers, including Carlos Sainz and Daniel Ricciardo, had of joining the team that has dominated F1 for the last two years and continues to lead both world championships in 2024 despite the increasing challenge from its rivals .

“Now is an important time to confirm our 2025 line-up and we are very pleased to continue working together with Checo,” said team principal Christian Horner, in a move that comes ahead of this weekend’s Canadian GP.

“Continuity and stability are important for the team and both Checo and Max are a strong and successful partnership, securing our first double for the team in the championship last year.”

Perez, who took five of his six career F1 wins with Red Bull and helped them win the Constructors’ Championship in 2022 and 2023, said: “I’m delighted to stay here to continue our journey together and contribute to the great story. of this team for two more years.

“Being part of the team is a huge challenge and I love it. We have a big challenge this year and I have full confidence in the whole team that the future is bright here and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

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Some critical points aside, Pérez has fitted in well with Verstappen at Red Bull

Verstappen’s contract with Red Bull runs until the end of the 2028 season, although speculation persists that the triple world champion could still leave at some point before then, with Mercedes’ Toto Wolff making public his serious interest in sign the Dutchman to replace Lewis, who is heading to Ferrari. Hamilton.

speaking to Sky Sports F1 At the recent Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Verstappen said: “It’s like I say: I’m fine, I’m relaxed, I’m happy and my contract is until 2028.”

Why two more years for Pérez?

Although it had become increasingly clear in recent weeks that Pérez was closing in on a contract renewal for 2025, the announcement of a two-year term nonetheless comes as a surprise.

But Perez’s value and contribution to the team on and off the track have been regularly praised by Horner, who had always said the seat was for the Mexican. The extended deal means Perez will also stay on for the first year of F1’s new big regulation change, when Red Bull is developing its own engine for the first time.

With the 2024 Red Bull car again proving dominant in the opening races of this year, Perez started this season brightly and finished second to Verstappen in three of the first four grands prix this season.

Sergio Pérez’s results in 2024 so far

Big prize Began Finalized
Bahrain 5th 2nd
Saudi Arabia 3rd 2nd
Australia 6th 5th
Japan 2nd 2nd
Porcelain 2nd 3rd
Miami 4th 4th
Emilia Romagna eleven eighth
Monaco 16 abandon

But, as Ferrari and McLaren in particular have closed the gap on Red Bull since then, Perez has failed to finish on the podium in the last three races, and failed to qualify in the top 10 in the last two.

After dropping out of Q1 last time out in Monaco, Perez was involved in a big crash on the first lap of the race after contact with Kevin Magnussen’s Haas.

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There was a big accident between Sergio Pérez and Haas’ Kevin Magnussen at the start of the Monaco Grand Prix, which also took out Nico Hulkenberg’s car.

Pérez has fallen out of the top four of the Drivers’ Championship led by Verstappen behind the Ferrari drivers and McLaren’s Lando Norris.

Horner referenced the Mexican’s recent drop in form in Red Bull’s statement confirming the deal extension, although he backed Perez to hit back.

“Checo has had a good start to 2024 with second places in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Japan and then his podium in China,” added Horner.

“The last few races have been difficult, there is convergence on the grid, but we have confidence in Checo and hope he returns to his proven form and performance, which we see so often.”

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Sergio Pérez is keeping his mouth shut about his future after stating that he is handling his negotiations behind closed doors and that everything remains an option.

Perez added: “We have a big challenge this year and I have full confidence in the whole team that the future is bright here and I’m excited to be part of it.

“I want to thank everyone for all the trust they are placing in me, it is a lot and I want to return it with excellent results on and off the track. I think we have a lot of work to do, we have many more championships to win together.”

Although Verstappen has been absolutely dominant in the teammate showdown (Perez last bested the Dutchman 26 races ago, at the 2023 Miami GP), Red Bull is pleased with the generally harmonious intra-team dynamic between the two. drivers during a period of surprising success for the team.

Perez played a key role in Abu Dhabi deciding the 2021 title, stopping race leader Hamilton mid-race, before the controversial Safety Car conclusion that ultimately handed the title to Verstappen.

He finished fourth in the Drivers’ Championship in his debut season with the team, improving to third place in 2022. He then finished runner-up to Verstappen in 2023 despite a mid-season nosedive that appeared to briefly call into question his immediate future in put the team in doubt and, at the very least, increase the pressure for a contract renewal in 2025.

What does this mean for the rest of the driver market?

Sainz, who lost his Ferrari seat to Hamilton, had appeared in the race to return to the Red Bull team after a strong start to the season, but his decision to stay with Perez appears to have distilled the Spaniard’s 2025 decision into a direct decision. . between Williams and Sauber, which will become Audi by 2026.

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Speaking on the Sky Sports F1 podcast, David Croft and Simon Lazenby discuss Carlos Sainz’s possible destinations in 2025 following his departure from Ferrari.

After returning to Red Bull last year, initially as a third driver before taking up a racing seat at RB, Ricciardo had described it as his “dream” to return to the senior team he left of his own volition in 2018.

However, Ricciardo’s bid to replace Perez has been thwarted by the form of his RB teammate Yuki Tsunoda, who has so far outperformed the experienced Australian.

Despite that form, Tsunoda himself was never thought to be in the running for Red Bull’s main team as an alternative to Perez. However, the Japanese driver, who has scored 19 of RB’s 24 points this season, has been linked with possible moves to other teams.

F1 field 2025

Equipment Driver Driver
Red Bull Max Verstappen Sergio Perez
ferrari Lewis Hamilton Carlos Leclerc
McLaren Lando Norris Oscar Piastri
Mercedes George Russell ???
Aston Martin Fernando Alonso spear ride
R.B. ??? ???
haas ??? ???
williams Alex Albon ???
Alpine ??? ???
Sauber Nico Hulkenberg ???

There are nine vacant places on the 20-car 2025 grid.

Esteban Ocon’s departure from Alpine at the end of the season was announced on Monday.

Canadian GP schedule live from Sky Sports F1

Thursday June 6
7:30 p.m.: Drivers’ press conference

Friday June 7
6:00 pm: practice one of the Canadian GP (The session begins at 6:30 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.: The F1 show
9:45 p.m.: practice two of the Canadian GP (the session starts at 10pm)

Montreal hosts the ninth round of the 2024 F1 season with the Canadian Grand Prix

Saturday June 8
17.15: Third practice of the Canadian GP (the session starts at 5:30 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.: preparation for the Canadian GP classification
9:00 p.m.: Canadian GP Classification
11:00 p.m.: Ted’s classification notebook

Sunday June 9
5:30 p.m.: Sunday Grand Prix: preparation for the Canadian GP
7:00 p.m.: THE CANADA GRAND PRIX
9:00 p.m.: Checkered flag – Reaction to the Canadian GP
10:00 p.m.: Ted’s Notebook

Formula 1 leaves Europe for the last time before the summer break as the championship moves to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix. Watch every session at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve this weekend live on Sky Sports F1, with Sunday’s race at 7pm Stream every F1 race and more with a NOW Sports Month membership – no contract, cancel at any moment

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